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Need a New Car Battery? Here's How to Tell

Has your car battery been serviced recently? Car batteries experience a lot of wear and tear over the life of a car, especially in extreme temperatures like summer heat. Testing the battery - or, if necessary, getting a new one - can help keep your car running in peak condition.

It's easy to test your car battery yourself with a digital voltmeter. Turn off the ignition and the car lights. Next, connect the positive voltmeter test lead to the positive terminal in the battery and the negative voltmeter test lead.

If the battery isn't holding a charge and has lost…

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Effective Guide on How to Replace a Flat Tire

Getting a flat tire can occur anywhere, either on the highway or in the middle of nowhere. Regardless of where you are stranded, this guide should help you get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Make sure the car is off the road, drive on the rim if needed a few feet to get to a safer location.
  • Place the car in park, turn off the engine, lock the emergency brake.
  • With the lug wrench, loosen the lugs a turn while the tire still touches the ground.
  • Jack the car into the air until the flat…
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Get Your Volvo Model Ready for the New Season at Our Lawrenceville, NJ Service Center

We're well into spring at this point, folks, and we here at Volvo Cars Princeton know that your vehicle deserves some care for the warm months to keep performing well. If it's been a while since you last had your vehicle serviced for some routine maintenance, or if you have more in-depth repairs that are demanding your attention, the friendly technicians here at our service center would love to provide you the care your car deserves.


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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced Due to Low Air Pressure

If you get an alert from the tire pressure indicator in your vehicle of low air in any of the tires, it is time to get the issue addressed before something bad happens out on the road. Here are warning signs the car tires should be replaced.

When you are driving on tires that are low in air pressure, the car is now riding on more of the tread than when the air is at the recommended setting. The more tread touching the road, the faster that added friction will begin to wear away the tire tread quicker.

The excess…
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When Your Transmission Is Causing Problems

There are a number of problems with your vehicle that can indicate you are having an issue with your transmission. Grinding gears or fluid leaks, a smell of burnt rubber, or a slow to engage engine into the right gear all point to a problem with your transmission.

Your transmission fluid should be checked during routine oil changes. If there has been a leak, low fluid can cause your transmission to work poorly. If your transmission has gone 100,000 miles, it's time to have your transmission serviced. To keep your car running well, have it serviced whenever you…
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Don’t Forget about Your Wipers

As the winter manages to hang on for as long as possible, there are some important things we need to do to prepare for any more tough times ahead. Some of these things may include changing the wardrobe and equipping our indoor environment to handle the cold weather. For car owners, you will need to rig your car with the right accessories to push you through the winter season. One of the critical things that you need to change your vehicle is the wiper blades.


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How to Jump-Start Another Car in Just a Few Minutes

In order to jump-start a car quickly and easily, it is always a good idea to have safety goggles, gloves, and jumper cables in the trunk just in case. Move the two vehicles nose-to-nose, turn off the engine and shut the lights off on both cars. Open the hoods, make sure the batteries are close enough the cables can reach.

The red cable goes to positive on the good battery and then positive on the bad battery. The black cable goes to negative on the good battery and then any exposed metal you can find on the car with the…

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How You Can Avoid A Tire Blowout

Driving can be scary. You're on the road traveling at extremely high speeds with many cars around you while being responsible for all of the passengers in your car. That is why we here at Volvo Cars Princeton in Lawrenceville want to make sure you know a few tips on how to avoid a tire blowout.

Tire blowouts happen for a variety of reasons. One such reason is that your tires are not properly inflated. It should be noted that your tire pressure can fluctuate with changing temperatures. If your tires are over or under inflated, they can wear…
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DIY headlight Cleaning Methods

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you when you begin to notice that your vehicle’s headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be. It’s a common occurrence that happens over time simply because they are subjected to road debris and weather. There are a couple of methods you can use to clean them yourself.

One tip is to use toothpaste on a warn damp cloth. You simply apply it to the headlights and scrub. It might take a couple of attempts to get all the grime off the lenses. Once cleaned, use a clean damp…

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Five Warning Signs Your Car Tires Need to be Replaced

Car safety is synonymous with tire safety. Bad tires may lead to road hazards that are easily avoided if you check for these five warning signs.

Look for general damage such as excessive cracks, nicks, and swelling which can signify low pressure.If the tread appears uneven bring your vehicle to us for a check-up.

On average, your tires deflate by one pound per square inch each month. However, if the pressure doesn’t remain regular, it may need to be checked for abnormalities.

Extreme heat or cold can shorten the lifespan of your tires. So if you live in…
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